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Being and becoming in teacher education: student-teachers’ freedom to learn in a College of Education in Ghana
This paper focuses on how people learn to become teachers. It draws on the experiences of student-teachers and tutors at a College of Education in the south of Ghana who engaged with an iterative data-generation process over one academic year. While increasing attention is given to the learning experiences of children in Sub-Saharan Africa, teachers’ learning experiences remain under-explored, under-documented and under-theorised. It makes an original contribution to the study of pre-service teacher education by combining a sociocultural lens on learning and becoming with an analytical framework based on the capability approach. This illustrates how student-teachers’ freedom to learn is facilitated and constrained by structured and social contexts within a pre-service programme. The paper shows how understanding different perspectives on valued ‘beings and doings’ of teaching can help re-interpret and re-imagine processes for ‘becoming’ a teacher, which has practical application at policy and institution level.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2020
Mentors’ Behavioral Profiles and College Adjustment in Young Adults Participating in an Academic Mentoring Program
This study aimed to identify mentor behavioral profiles associated with mentees’ perceptions of the quality of mentoring relationship, the usefulness of the mentoring, and their college adjustment during the first year of college. The authors conclude that this study identified four mentor behavioral profiles characterized by various degrees of structure, engagement, autonomy support, and competency support. The findings showed that college students exposed to these different profiles perceived the quality of the mentoring relationship (QMR) differently, as well as the usefulness of mentoring and their social adjustment to college.
Updated: May. 03, 2018
This study was undertaken with two main goals. Firstly, the study aims to identify the factors that affect the use of social networking sites (SNSs) in e-learning, particularly among students and lecturers in higher learning institutions in Malaysia. Secondly, the study also intends to design and develop a social e-learning tool based on the identified factors. The findings revealed factors such as Social Networking, Ease of Use, Convenience and Ease of Use influence the use of SNSs in e-learning. Dissatisfaction towards current e-learning platforms (E-Learning Perception) also motivates the students and lecturers to seek alternative measures. In short, it can be concluded that the majority of the students and lecturers felt positively about the use of SNSs in e-learning. This was further proven with the implementation of Book2U, with the majority of the respondents perceiving Book2U as simple and appealing.
Updated: Mar. 05, 2017
An Investigation into the Contents and Aspects of College Students’ Reflective thoughts during Field Experience Description of concrete experiences
In this study, the researchers designed and implemented a field experience course based on an experiential teaching method (Boud, Cohen, & Walker, 1993). In addition, the study investigated college students’ reflective thoughts and learning aspects. This study suggested that the concepts established through the experiences do not necessarily develop immediately into active experimentation. These results also presented the challenges faced by students during the process of reflection. Because students’ contents of reflective thoughts were relatively lacking in the aspect of active experimentation, the current study recommended that for future design, educators could focus on how to provide learning experiences that bridge reflection to action for students.
Updated: Feb. 01, 2017
This study aims to establish how university students’ and educators’ perceptions of YouTube in two different cultures, Japan and USA, affect their intentions to use this technology. This study attempts to predict and compare factors influencing YouTube acceptance among university students and educators in two very different cultures, Japan and the USA, applying the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT). The authors conclude that even though UTAUT’s four predictors can explain YouTube acceptance to a high degree, the influence of each predictor on YouTube acceptance varies significantly according to the cultural environment and the role of the teachers and the learners.
Updated: Jan. 24, 2017
The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a scale to assess peer mentoring practices that aim to enhance learning. The findings from interviews were used to develop items. The 11-item form was administered to 126 college students. After the confirmatory factor analysis, the scale took on its final form with 10 items in 3 factors as Contribution to Mentee, Mentor Characteristics, and Peer Relationships.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2017
This study aimed to construct and validate a tool to measure the supportive behaviors of mentors participating in school-based mentoring programs. The mentor behavior scale (MBS) was developed drawing on the premises of the mentoring sociomotivational model. The questionnaire has good internal consistency coefficients and adequate factorial structure, with the exception of the factor autonomy support. Moreover, three dimensions of the MBS predict mentoring relationship quality and the perceived usefulness of the intervention.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2017
This meta-analysis synthesizes research on gains in critical thinking skills and attitudinal dispositions over various time frames in college. The results suggest that both critical thinking skills and dispositions improve substantially over a normal college experience.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2016
Current studies indicate that the requirements of academia in recent years have been low and that students today devote significantly less time to learning than in the past. The name of the game today appears to be high grades at sale prices, making 80% the new “fail.” This disconcerting phenomenon, known as “grade inflation,” can be defined as an upward shift in grades without a demonstrated increase in the knowledge-based performance of students. The author argues that the solution is understanding the causes and effects of grade inflation requires, first and foremost, education professionals to conduct a discussion on the organizational level regarding evaluation within their respective institutions.
Updated: Sep. 18, 2016
This article describes the context and methods used to foster students’ understandings of divergent points of view during a winter intersession colloquium that was affiliated with a campus and community lecture series at a women's liberal arts college.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2016